ARTS AHEAD:  The beloved classic play by Lorraine Hansberry celebrates opening night at Arena Stage.

(L to R) Will Cobbs as Walter Lee Younger and Dawn Ursula as Ruth Younger in A Raisin in the Sun at Arena Stage at the Mead Center for American Theater, March 31-May 7, 2017. Photo by Tony Powell.

by Patrick D. McCoy

Perhaps one of the best and most well-known in the African-American canon of plays, “A Raisin in the Sun” by Lorraine Hansberry runs at Washington’s Arena Stage.  We will be out at its opening night on Thursday, April 6 at 8:00 p.m. Debuting on Broadway in 1959, the play is one that is continued to be celebrated as a great theatrical accomplishment, with an important story to tell.  Following the Younger family desire for a better life beyond their Chicago dwelling, an unexpected financial windfall gives them a glimmer of hope of pursuing the American dream.

Directed by Tazewell Thompson, the production continues until May 7 on the Fichandler Stage.



A native of Petersburg, Virginia, Patrick D. McCoy is a graduate of Virginia State University and Shenandoah Conservatory in Winchester, Virginia.  He has been an arts contributor for, CBS Washington, The Afro American Newspaper and most recently was the Performing Arts Columnist at Washington Life Magazine for four years. As a church musician, he currently serves as Organist/Choirmaster at Saint John’s Episcopal Church (Zion Parish) in Beltsville, Maryland.   Visit for all of your arts news and send press releases and ideas to